Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau apologised for wearing blackface as a teacher and a student.
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The Canadian election has been dominated by old pictures of Justin Trudeau wearing blackface. Instead of focusing on Trudeau's poor behaviour, a larger discussion is needed to act on systemic racism.
Apologies without clear policy shift are typically rejected as ‘empty gestures.’ Here, more than 100 Indigenous people march on Parliament Hill in 1981 to protest the elimination of Aboriginal rights in the proposed Canadian Constitution.
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It's the 12th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada has yet to implement this declaration even though the TRC says the road to reconciliation needs to start here.
A recent photo-voice project shows what can happen when educators help marginalized youth express their resistance to racism.
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A recent study suggests that marginalized youth feel supported and more resilient when adults encourage their ideas and missions to combat stereotypes, racism and Islamophobia.
Recent reports of Black students in Ontario reveal an ongoing pattern of racism including a lack of adequate reading materials.
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Decades of inadequate teaching material and resources to support Black students in Ontario means they are severely underserved by their schools.
Meal-time in Kashmir is a time of dialogue.
As Kashmir faces new challenges, our forms of allyship must also evolve. Perhaps we can learn some lessons from its kitchens.
A sign of how historical #MeToo felt in 2017 is this appearance by #MeToo founder Tarana Burke with TV personality Allison Hagendorf on stage at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York.
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Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, says power and privilege can have a lot to do with who feels comfortable declaring #MeToo. Let's be aware of this power division.
Five generations on Smith’s Plantation Beaufort at South Carolina in 1862.
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Although financial reparation for African-Americans may be complicated to achieve, steps such as accurate acknowledgement of atrocities as well as public apologies and memorials can be enacted.
During Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Mark Stevens, a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, shoved Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry. Stevens’s actions can be read as a public act of racism and a declaration of ‘ownership’ of Black bodies.
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Last week a young Black scholar at a Canadian conference was detained. Defending oneself against racial profiling has a detrimental impact on the health of racialized people.
A flag is flown during the annual marijuana 420 gathering in Toronto.
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Canada's federal government is running out of time before the summer session to pass a bill that would pardon those convicted of minor cannabis possession.
The recent maternal health crisis of tennis player Serena Williams was a flash point for many health professionals. A photo of Williams with her daughter from her Instagram account.
As we celebrate moms this Mother’s Day, let's remember that maternal health is a right that many do not enjoy.
Ancestry ad depicts a white man in 19th-century clothing standing in front of a Black woman holding a ring telling her they can leave and be together in Canada.
Canadian audiences did not object to Ancestry's ad which romanticized Canada as “Promised land,” but they should have.
An academic expert on Islamophobia attended a ‘free-speech’ conference in Toronto, where she was assaulted after challenging speakers for promoting hatred against Muslims.
Covert power brokers are using cultural, political and economic ideas to influence, shape and inform white nationalist views. They help circulate bigotry by dressing it up as patriotism.
Jazmine Headley, center, who had her toddler yanked from her arms by police at a social services centre said that she went into ‘defence mode.’ Here she joins attorney Brian Neary and her mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, outside a courthouse in Trenton, N.J., Dec. 12, 2018.
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In protecting their children, low-income Black mothers risk being viewed as irrationally overprotective and simultaneously neglectful.
These women used the word intersectionality to indicate solidarity across race and class. Back row: Activist Tarana Burke, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington; front row: Natalie Portman, activist Ai-jen Poo, and activist Saru Jayaraman.
Last year, the word 'intersectionality' hit the mainstream at the Golden Globes as actors attempted to raise awareness for #MeToo and #TimesUp. But what exactly does intersectionality mean?
Rosemary Brown, then a member of the B.C. legislature, speaks at a protest against pornography in downtown Vancouver in 1984.
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Do Canadians like their activism to be communicated in the safest and blandest manner possible?
The historical depiction of ‘the mammy’ is a racist stereotype, with an enduring impact. Hattie McDaniel (right) won an Oscar for her role in ‘Gone with the Wind’ with Vivien Leigh (left).
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Stereotypes of Black women continue to impact how they are treated in institutions.
The Niagara Movement meeting in Fort Erie Canada, near Niagara Falls in 1905 had no Canadians present.
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The first NAACP meeting was held in Canada but there is no mention of Black Canadians in the books. This historical absence is a symbol of the invisibility of anti-Black racism in Canada.
The boy who went viral: Nick Sandmann shown here in his MAGA cap with fellow students next to Indigenous elder playing the drum.
It’s easier to accuse someone else of racism than it is to challenge the racist and colonial systems we participate in.
Detail from Mickalene Thomas’s ‘Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires’ which is part of a show called ‘Femmes Noires’ currently at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
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A recent and powerful exhibit by New York artist Mickalene Thomas at the Art Gallery of Ontario has opened the door for some deep discussions about Black Canadian women and visual representation.
Indigenous women’s activism in Canada has a long history. The organizing work of Isabelle McNab, first president of the Saskatchewan Women’s Indian Association, can be seen as the precursor to later activism like this First Nations Idle No More protest for better treatment of Indigenous peoples at the Douglas-Peace Arch near Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 5, 2013.
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Built on historical research, this article tells the resilient, fascinating and rarely told history of Indigenous women's organizing and resistance in Saskatchewan.